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Poster: atouchoftheblues Date: Nov 18, 2008 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: best live show

i would like to know what others think the best show is personally i like a lot of them but my favorite is Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater on 1981-02-28 (February 28, 1981)
http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-02-28.sbd.lutch.4668.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Nov 18, 2008 4:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-12-06.sbd.kaplan-fink-hamilton.4452.sbeok.shnf i need to hear this dark star at least once a week. nirvana guaranteed. also superb hcs, c>r

72-04-08, 72-04-29, 68-12-29, 78-01-22, 73-12-02, 72-05-26 r in constant rotation too

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 18, 2008 3:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

There are so many good 60's shows, i can't even begin to sort them out, so I'll stick to the 70's...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-07-18.sbd.ferguson.244.sbeok.shnf

(an awesome show with a little of everything)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-18.sbd.miller.79057.sbeok.flac16

(This is all of what's best about '72 wrapped up in one show)

Great thread! :)

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Poster: billydlions Date: Nov 18, 2008 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

MSG, 3-9-81

http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-03-09.glassberg.wise.7473.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 19, 2008 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

I like the way you think

another best 81 show - 5/6/81 - one of my favorites because I was there, it was my B-day and Bobby gave a shout out for recently departed bobby Sands - I'll never forget it. Oh yeah, it is a stompin good show with a fine setlist including a Big River - Let it Grow in first set.

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Nov 18, 2008 1:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

THANKS for the opportunity to mention the best of them all- 6/25/85 at Blossom.

In my opinion, the GD really hit their stride in the early and mid-'80s. Many, if not most, would strongly disagree. Nevertheless, this is my favorite example of a show from my favorite period of the music.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 18, 2008 2:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

That's why Baskin-Robbins has 31 flavors. Everybody likes something different.

I prefer '68-'73 and pretty much can't tolerate anything past '79 (with a few exceptions in '80 and '91).

We all like what we like. Pretty cool that the Dead touch different people in different ways - and that's what makes us all the same.

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Nov 18, 2008 3:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

Mandojammer- I strongly suggest listening to the venerable Blossom '85. Except for one small and forgivable flub during Row Jimmy, and a lyrical anomaly in Jack Straw, this is a flawless show. Garcia is on fire.

Highlights for me:

Daytripper- gets the party going quickly
CC Rider
BIODTL
Row Jimmy
The best Playin of the '80s
A beautiful China Doll
A show-stopping Sugar Mags
Phenomenal pre-In The Dark Touch of Grey.

Check it out sometime:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-06-25.sbd.miller.18663.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 18, 2008 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

I'll give it a shot. Probably time to start exploring the 80s anyway.

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Nov 18, 2008 5:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

good call

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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Nov 18, 2008 7:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

I said that to myself a few months ago. I started to delve into the decade, including listening to the above show. Nothing really stood out for me upon first listen and eventually I dove right back in to the 70s. I'll have to revisit that one now.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Nov 18, 2008 12:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

Right now it's Capitol Theater 11/8/70 (although the #1 slot tends to change on a monthly basis, this one never leaves my Top 5). Once you get past the fact that its a 38-year-old audience recording, it's pure magic.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Nov 18, 2008 11:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

The Capitol Theatre 11/8/70 and 6/24/70 shows will forever be in my top 5 show list too (with 3/21/70 from the Capitol being in at least my top 20 along with 11/6/70.) There is just something about the shows played at that venue especially in 1970.

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Poster: paulypecker Date: Nov 18, 2008 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

I can give you two from early seventies I just can't get enough of- 8/6/71(great aud participation) in Hollywood and 2/15/73 that has an awesome Dark Star>Eyes>China Doll. As it's been said,and I agree, there are just too many great shows to really isolate them as the best. I think we all have our own takes on categorizing shows and that's what makes this site/your thread and those of the rest here so enjoyable to discuss. Discover and learn as you go.I do. And how!

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Poster: barongsong Date: Nov 19, 2008 12:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

Gotta say that it really depends on my mood.
60's To many great shows but 2-23,24-68 Kings Beach Bowl has been a recent favorite.
70's same as the 60's but 5 more years to sort through. recent favorite. 8-12-79 at Red Rocks.
80's This revolves a lot but I always can count on 8-28-81 second set, to guarantee enjoyment. 7-7-89 is not a bad choice either.
90's I guess right now 6-23-90 for party time and 9-26-91 for relaxed enjoyment.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Nov 19, 2008 5:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

my first complete attended show was 10/9/76 and one of the best i heard live
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-10-09.set-2.mtx.dan.89544.flac16

and in 1991, this was another http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-10-31.set2.fob-schoeps-buick.miller.28612.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: barongsong Date: Nov 19, 2008 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

Dude I love 76 my favorite 70's Dead year but I've never heard this show. Look at that 2nd set, holy crud! I'm currently using my limited bandwidth with "other things" and listening to a recommended 5-27-93 show but this is next on the list for sure. Thanks for the heads up. As for the 10-31-91 show it is excellent, arguably the top energy show of 91 but for me the Boston 26th show has a really {most likely biased} soulful touch to it that makes me return to it over again. Honestly though in the fall of 91 there isn't much not to love. Lot of really interesting and well played shows.

Damn, I'm only to High Time on the aforementioned 93 show and this is really very nice so far. You know come to think of it the only "best show" is the show your listening to at the moment which is getting you off then.

Edit: Holy crud how did I miss this It's a Dicks Pick's. I must be under a rock.

This post was modified by barongsong on 2008-11-19 19:42:44

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Poster: paulypecker Date: Nov 18, 2008 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

I can give you two from early seventies I just can't get enough of- 8/6/71(great aud participation) in Hollywood and 2/15/73 that has an awesome Dark Star>Eyes>China Doll. As it's been said,and I agree, there are just too many great shows to really isolate them as the best. I think we all have our own takes on categorizing shows and that's what makes this site/your thread and those of the rest here so enjoyable to discuss. Discover and learn as you go.I do. And how!

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Poster: GREENBUD Date: Nov 19, 2008 7:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

as of last night at work it has to be 2-14-68 monster show through out!might be something completely different tonite wich is why I dig the dead soo much:)http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-02-14.sbd.kaplan.15640.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: countmlbjam Date: Nov 19, 2008 8:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

When I think of the best complete shows I've heard, these shows are high on my list. I tried to include some diversity, in all likelihood, the list would generally consist of pre-retirement shows for me, but I do love all the eras.

2-28-69
5-2-70
8-27-72
9-21-72
6-10-73
6-23-74
1-22-78
9-2-80
7-7-89
6-17-91

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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Nov 18, 2008 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

As of right now my favorite show of them all is probably 8-27-72. There are a lot of people who say it's overrated but I would ask them: Where else can you find as good a Playin', China>Rider, Bird Song, and Dark Star in the same show?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-08-27.sbd.braverman.16582.sbefail.shnf

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 18, 2008 11:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

Good call - the definitive China Cat - Rider IMO.

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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Nov 18, 2008 5:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

Finding a better one should be listed among these tasks:

"Go and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are,
Or who cleft the devil's foot,"
-John Donne

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 18, 2008 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

12-29-68

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 18, 2008 12:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

I'd rather have 10-12-68

RIP Pete Newell

This post was modified by bluedevil on 2008-11-18 20:45:52

This post was modified by bluedevil on 2008-11-18 20:48:29

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Nov 18, 2008 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

I can't think of any I like more than 12/18/73 right now.

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Nov 18, 2008 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

11-11-1973 lately

also, 5-[fill in any number]-77

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 18, 2008 10:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

an all time fave is the second set of 9/18/87. never can hear that one enough

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Poster: Zaorish Date: Nov 18, 2008 6:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

Currently can't get enough of 12-19-78. It is so chock full of a strange kind of painfully desperately beautiful energy. For one, the setlist is monster. And the Scarlet Fire there...man, full of a rare kind of regretful emotion. Powerful every step of the way. Second, Listen to that Stella>NFA. You'll stop and wonder a little at that heavenly redemptive transition, 100% guaranteed.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 18, 2008 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

Dream Bowl - 2/22/69 http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-02-22.sbd.owen.7860.sbeok.shnf

If for no other reason than Mountains of the Moon.

Think about it - MOTM-Dark Star-Cryptical-Drums-TOO-Cryptical for one run of tunes.

Then Sybil shows up and we get a frenetic Saint Stephen-The Eleven-Lovelight????????????

Just my two cents......

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Poster: Greg Carmack Date: Nov 18, 2008 5:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

Good to see an advocate for this superb show [2-28-1981]--I've always thought the night before had the edge (monster Scar>Fire! just listened to it last night, coincidentally), but the whole run is fabulous.

HOWEVER . . . the greatest 20 minutes in the performance history of the Dead: the late show opener at the Capitol Theatre 6-24-1970, Not Fade Away > Easy Wind. Make sure to play at deafening volume:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd_nrps70-06-24.aud.pcrp5.23062.sbeok.flacf

This post was modified by Greg Carmack on 2008-11-19 01:15:51

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Nov 18, 2008 1:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

I just love listening to 9/28/75. Always puts a smile on my face and the AUD recording just makes you feel like you're there.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 18, 2008 2:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

i could not be more predictable:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-10-29.sbd.miller.92085.sbeok.flac16

However, in the interest of variety, I also seem to always dig this show:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1978-04-16.sbd.cantor.motb.81457.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Nov 18, 2008 12:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best live show

Fillmore West 2/28/69